JK Rowling has reportedly completed the first book that does not deal with the fate of Harry Potter, the famous boy wizard she created more than 15 years ago. However, don't look for any mention of Rowling's book anywhere else outside the "Harry Potter" shelf at your local bookstores, as Rowling's new book (if we can refer to it in that way) is called "The Tales of Beedle the Bard". And yes, for all you "Deathly Hallows" fans out there, it is a Potter spin-off.
It seems that Rowling is either very fond of her wizarding universe or afraid to step outside it. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is in fact a fictional (until now) book mentioned in the seventh book of the Potter series, which the Hogwarts headmaster, recently out-of-the-closet gay Albus Dumbledore, leaves to one of the characters in the book as a complicated clue that will ultimately lead to the destruction of the evil Lord Voldemort.
In case you might think you'd like to get your hands on a copy, think again: in her already traditionally exclusive manner, Rowling decided that only seven copies of the book would be printed. One will be auctioned in December to raise money for a children's charity, while the others will be given away as gifts.
Rowling seems to be unusually fond of this book as she did the drawings herself for this collection of five magical fairy stories, along with writing the text by hand. Rowling stated that "The Tales of Beedle the Bard is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I have loved and lived in for 17 years". The book is said to be bound in brown morocco leather and mounted with silver and semiprecious stones.
As always, Rowling's attitude to other people trying to interfere in Harry' universe proves to be a little more than over-protective. On October 31st, Rowling and the makers of the Harry Potter movies filed a lawsuit against RDR Books, a small U.S. publisher who was planning to bring out a companion volume based on the Harry Potter Lexicon fan Web site. Rowling justified her move by saying that she plans to write her own encyclopedia of the wizarding world, and so the book in question would infringe on her intellectual property rights.
JK Rowling's New Book Is a Harry Potter Spin-Off
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